Chris Loy takes off for a pass at Dragfest on Sunday.
Chris Loy takes off for a pass at Dragfest on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Drag racer Chris Loy back in hot seat after battling illness

AFTER spending two months in St Andrew's Hospital in Toowoomba with influenza A and pneumonia a year ago, Warwick drag racer Chris Loy was just happy to be back in the seat racing yesterday.

Chris said he seldom competed in Warwick due to his role as club president.

"I have just about recovered from my illness and decided Dragfest was a good place to compete again," Loy said.

"All the volunteers said they would pull more weight so I could race."

That didn't stop him alternating between work as president and a driver in the outlaws' class.

Dragfest was just the start for a driver, who said at age 56 he needed to take advantage of a small window of opportunity as a driver.

With his vehicle reaching 167mph (1/8 mile) in Warwick and 215mph (1/4 mile) in Sydney, he didn't expect to be racing decades into the future.

"You need a crew of five to race one of these," Loy said.

In three weeks, he will compete in the nationals at the Sydney International Dragway along with nephews Andrew and Matthew Loy.

Away for his own performance which always comes second to his role as president, Loy was delighted with the success of Dragfest.

"We had an excellent crowd and the quality of the fields was excellent," Loy said.

The meeting attracted 150 nominations with racing going to 6pm Saturday and all day yesterday.

See more on Dragfest in the Daily News during the week.



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